Songs From the Front and Rear
Last updated: 17.12.19
Canadian servicemen's songs of the Second World War
Paperback - 192 pages (1979).
First Line Index; Title Index; Bibliography. Illustrated covers with depictions of coloured puppet figures relaxing around a piano; many black and white illustrations, photographs, cartoons. Contents include jovial drinking songs, outrageous songs, fighting songs, cynical songs, funny songs and just plain bawdy songs that sustained Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen through six years of loneliness and fears. Includes such well-known ditties (words and music) as: Knees up Mother Brown; Bless 'em All; Lili Marlene - and others. Each ditty has an introduction with backround, historical detail and glossary where necessary! A delightful compendium of lively, vulgar, rowdy celebration and a.wonderful contribution to reminiscence and celebration.